Organ-playing duo to take the stage

CLU faculty concert to close out 2012-2013 series

Kyle Johnson and Eric Kinsley will perform a concerto for two organs by Antonio Soler, an anonymous 18th-century sonata and concertina for two organs and duets by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Feb. 15, 2013) Two California Lutheran University music faculty members will present a concert of organ duets and works for two organs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Samuelson Chapel.

Kyle Johnson and Eric Kinsley will perform a concerto for two organs by Antonio Soler, an anonymous 18th-century sonata and concertina for two organs, duets by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and a fugue by Mozart. The CLU Honors String Trio will join the organists for two of Mozart’s church sonatas. This is the third and final concert of the Orvil and Gloria Franzen 2012-2013 Organ Program Series.

Johnson is coordinator of chapel music, university organist and music lecturer. Shortly after his arrival in 2010, he founded the CLU Chapel Choir, an ensemble of students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. His choral anthem “Lamb of God,” dedicated to the chapel choir, was published through Augsburg Fortress. Before coming to CLU, Johnson was director of music and community arts at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, where he oversaw the church’s efforts to become a center for community building through the arts. He has served on the music faculties of three Midwestern colleges, including University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has presented solo organ recitals in eight states. The Thousand Oaks resident earned a doctorate of musical arts in organ performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College in Kansas.

Kinsley, who teaches piano at CLU, is a performing artist and writer who earned a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a member of the New York Contemporary Music Band, Pacific Classical Winds and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Harpsichord Society and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on public radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Miguel del Aguila and others. His book on the innovative chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was released last year.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit